Food and Friends
RCB players relaxed with an informal meet at the team hotel on Tuesday. Later was a fashion show to herald Signature whiskeys where they made a short visit to UB City, a popular promenade in Bengaluru
Tuesday evening was a team dinner where the players got a chance to relax with each other away from public gaze. Most players gathered around the TV set to watch the match between Chennai Super Kings and New South Wales Blues. David Warner for the New South Wales was blasting his way and none of the players could take their eyes off the set. The room where they met is the same one used for formal team meetings that happen before the match and is a familiar place therefore its doubly relaxing to meet in the same place on a lighter note.
Virat commented that it was incredible that David Warner was “switch hitting the ball, (that is, after assuming the right-hander’s position for the shot) as far back into the stands as a right-hander would have hit it!” True enough, the left handed Australian was to finish with 135 to his name out of a team total of just over 200. Dirk Nannes decided to get even more comfortable so he removed his shoes and lay down in front of the TV set because the seats were occupied. Dan Vettori needed to tend to his knee therefore the physio Speechley lay him down at the back of the room and massaged the necessary part. But of course even Dan couldn’t take his eyes of the TV set.
Just outside in the dining area manager Avinaash Vaidhya was talking to RCB talent scout Vijay Bharadwaj. ‘George’ as he is fondly called because a friend thought he resembled George Foreman of all boxers, both in physique and looks, was at his humorous best as usual when he noticed that the cooked prawns were not there in the serving area. Quickly he asked the waiter if the prawns “had run away so fast and if so, they must be fitter than our players!” Soon enough some the prawns were replenished.
Anil Kumble, chief mentor RCB, joined the evening get-together. He too wanted a front row seat! But made an innovation and squatted on the carpeted floor with the wood paneled wall as a backrest. After the excitement of the NSW Blue innings, the players got back to chatting and left for a fashion show at UB city, merely as dignitaries of course. They remained firmly ensconced on the top floor. The day ended for them at 10:30 pm, a good time to finish and get back for timely rest.
Let’s see what the next day brings with it. Nothing more pulsating than the knockout match against the Redbacks for sure!